New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio formally announced his 2020 presidential campaign on May 16.
De Blasio is the 23rd candidate to join the Democratic presidential field, but all signs point to his campaign being over before it begins.
A March Monmouth University poll revealed that he’s the only potential Democratic contender to receive a negative favorability rating from voters within his own party.
Dozens of former aides and allies of the mayor also told Politico in March that they think the run is a bad idea considering how many candidates, especially progressives, are already running.
De Blasio could be running to bolster his name recognition and put him in the running for a position in a future Democratic administration — but he’s also made enemies among elites in his own party.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is officially running for president in 2020, possibly to bolster his national image — but new signs point to trouble for the progressive mayor.
A Monmouth University poll released in March found that of 12 declared and potential Democratic presidential candidates, de Blasio was the only potential contender to receive a negative favorability rating, with 18% of respondents holding a favorable view of the mayor compared with 24% with an unfavorable opinion of him.
“De Blasio’s is the only name among 23 candidates or potential candidates who have been tested in Monmouth’s polling this year to earn a net negative rating among Democrats,” the Monmouth pollsters said in a release.
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Most presidential candidates, no matter how minor, can at least bank on some hometown support. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted in April, however, found that not only do 44% of New Yorkers disapprove of his job performance compared with 42% who approve, but an overwhelming 76% of New Yorkers also believed De Blasio shouldn’t run for president.
In addition to the grim polling numbers, dozens of former City Hall aides and de Blasio allies told Politico at the time they believe a run doesn’t make much sense at all considering that at the time, there were already 14 candidates in the race all running on many of the progressive ideals de Blasio espouses.
One former aide, speaking anonymously to Politico, said the idea of de Blasio running was “f—ing insane,” while another friend called it “idiotic.”
In an interview with Politico, de Blasio said he should be considered a serious presidential contender because of his record of implementing progressive policies in New York City, such as mandated paid sick time for workers and instituting universal prekindergarten.
“If you say, ‘OK, have I proven the ability to run an extraordinarily complex organization and get real results? Yes.’ And that should mean something,” the mayor said.
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